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Five Safe Sleep Tips to Follow

April 2, 2016

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When we created the Owlet three years ago we made it our mission to educate as many parents as we could about the importance of safe sleep. We truly care about you and your family, and we want to give you as many resources as possible to keep your baby safe. So here are five researched-backed safe sleep tips to incorporate into your nighttime routine.

Follow the ABCs of Safe Sleep
Always make sure your baby is alone, on their back and in their crib. Make sure everyone in your home who puts baby to bed is aware of, and on board with, the ABCs.

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Keep Soft Objects out of Baby’s Crib
Most sleep-related infant deaths are due to accidental suffocation associated with soft objects such as blankets, pillows, quilts, crib bumpers and stuffed animals. In place of blankets, dress your baby in wearables such as footie pajamas and infant blanket sleepers like this one.

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Use a Firm Sleep Surface
A firm sleep surface, such as a crib or portable play area, is the best place for your baby to sleep. Never let your baby to sleep on soft surfaces such as a couch, recliner, soft mattresses or pillows. Soft surfaces such as these might allow baby’s head to sink into the surface and pose a risk for accidental suffocation. The best place for your baby to rest is in their crib on their back. Remember the ABCs!

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Room Share, Don’t Bed Share
The AAP suggests room sharing is a great way to reduce the risk of accidental suffocation in infants. Even though you should roomshare, you should never share a bed with your little one. Your baby should always sleep alone in their crib, bassinet, or portable play area.

Don’t use Owlet as an Excuse for Unsafe Sleep
Your Owlet is designed to alert you if your baby stops breathing, but should never be used as an excuse to practice unsafe sleep scenarios. The Owlet should assist you in watching over your little one during the night. Please continue to follow all the safe sleep guidelines while using the Owlet.

For more safe sleep tips visit the NIH’s and CDC’s websites.

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Brittany

Brittany is new mother to twins. She enjoys watching Netflix, pinteresting, theme parks and anything Harry Potter.

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2 thoughts on “Five Safe Sleep Tips to Follow

Kyrie

What a great idea!

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Jane

Hi Brittany, thank you so much for publishing this story. I have a theory about why so many families don’t practice safe sleep: there isn’t much information specifically telling parents how to persuade their newborns how to sleep in this manner and parents don’t have realistic expectations.

My husband and I were extremely committed to safe sleep but, in the crazy few days after he was born, our son would only sleep when held. My husband would stay awake all night (and sleep all day) to place him in his crib, comfort him, place him in his crib again and so on until finally he would sleep for 2 hours in his crib. I would spend my time frantically Googling ways to get your child to sleep safely and everything I read recommended an unsafe solution. Even the forums for parents who have lost children in the third trimester of pregnancy recommend unsafe solutions (sadly we are in this group). I’m sure many parents just give in and sleep cuddling their child, or place their child in something not designed for sleep.

I think it would help if Owlet sent a sleep advice email to new parents (or parents near the end of pregnancy—we bought our Owlet in advance) and describe what infant sleep is like (ie newborns sleep in very short segments). There is a lot of information about what safe sleep looks like, but little on how to achieve it.

Thank you for reading.

Jane